This week, I have been trying to incorporate more social activities for Forrest's sake. He really enjoys going out and about, and our little local restaurant has an outdoor skating rink. There is nothing so Canadian feeling as skating on outdoor ice, surrounded by the mountains, while a fire smolders in an open pit. Indeed, this is where we have relocated most days this week. Sometimes we are alone, other times with a few other homeschooling friends, once with the local alternative school (where I once taught)! And while I trail the wagon behind me, loaded up with one, two, three (!) little ones, I am witness to my sweet six year old transforming before my very eyes! He skates now! Sometimes with shaky ankles, sometimes with swift grace...my boy is flying!!!! Sadly, you'll have to take my word for it as I have no pictures at all of skating this week. But stay tuned, as long as the night's are icy cold and we wake to frost flowers covering the trees, we'll be at the rink.
I love this photo of Forrest. It captures so much of who he is, the side of him when he is not full of enthusiastic energy and boisterous activity. Unfortunately, this was just five minutes before this activity ended in tears. Forrest is a very spatial learner. He has an incredible ability to visualize something and then, simply, create it. It boggles my mind, because while I can sew, there is no way I could make a blacksmithing forge, or paper shoes that look like moccasins from a pattern, or helmuts and face masks galore. Here he was busy for nearly an hour, sanding and taping and cutting to make a hockey stick out of an old sock, cardboard, and a stick. I think this is the first time he felt such intense disappointment when he realized he couldn't create what he had hoped. And I love that to make it better for him, he simply needed a long mama cuddle.
My little mischief maker. Often this week you might here this in our home, "Mama, Huckley is being mischievous, again!" Cue water poured all over the middle of the floor, or objects floating in the toilet, or walls decorated with beeswax crayons, or our wee little violet trimmed. Hmmmm, methinks he likes Trouble.
At the beginning of this post, I told you all about Forrest and skating. Well, I must include Miss Sunshine, too. She has been using double bladed strap on skates. From the get go, she was comfortable on the ice...and loving it! Finally, we went to town today and got her "real skates" and a helmut, pink ~ of course! This is her skating outfit. She has decided that this is what she must wear on the ice. My gosh, can you imagine what would happen if she only knew about the Ice Capades?!!
Have a wonderful weekend, friends! Enjoy the wintery weather, indoors and outdoors!!
What are your moments from the week? I'd love to hear...